Family of girl killed by celebratory New Year's gunfire to hold vigil

The family of Aaliyah Boyer plans to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday night, in honor of the 10-year-old girl who was killed by apparent celebratory gunfire as Cecil County rang in 2013 early Tuesday.

Boyer was pronounced dead on Thursday at a Delaware hospital after two days on life support. She had been in the front yard at her grandfather's Elkton home just after the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 when she collapsed, struck by a falling bullet.

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Aaliyah's aunt, Ashleigh Rice, said the vigil will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at 65 AJS Court in Elkton.

Cecil County police have offered no updates Saturday on the investigation into Aaliyah's death.

The family has set up the Aaliyah Boyer memorial fund at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church at 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim PA 17545. Checks can also be sent to James Blackburn Jr. at the family home on AJS Court. 

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